Saturday, January 30, 2010

Italian Sausage Soup

This is THE BEST soup recipe ever!!!  We love this soup as it is so flavorful.  Italian sausage, red wine, green peppers, tomatoes... how can you go wrong?  I don't remember where I copied this recipe from.  I have been making this for years and copied it into a notebook that is now ragged from use and spotted with history of many a meal.  Serve this with a grating of Parmesan and a serving of crusty Italian bread and...heaven!  This recipe is perfect for entertaining as it is sure to impress your guests.

Italian Sausage Soup

1 1/2# mild Italian sausages, cut into 1/2 inch slices
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 large onions, chopped
28 oz. diced tomatoes
3 14-1/2 oz cans beef broth
1 1/2 c. red burgundy wine
1/2 t. dried basil
3 T. chopped parsley  or 1 T. dry
1 med. green pepper, chopped
2 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2 inch slices and quartered
5 oz. pasta (either bow-tie or rotini) about 3 c.

In 5 qt. dutch oven, brown sausage slices.  Remove to paper towel.  Discard all but 2 T. sausage fat; saute onion and garlic a few minutes to soften.  Stir in tomatoes, sausage, broth, wine and basil.  Bring to full rolling boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.  Stir in parsley, green pepper, zucchini and pasta:  return to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until noodles are al dente about 20 minutes stirring occasionally.  Skim off fat, serve with a sprinkling of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

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